Greta Ann Sam
2019 has been a year of opportunities and growth for Current Conservation. We have been joined by 2 more employees this year, Shruti Sunderraman taking on the role of Executive Editor and Greta Ann Sam as the Assistant Managing Editor. Their addition is an endeavour to expand the presence of Current Conservation on stands.
This year, we published 13.2, the annual marine issue and 13.3 which discuss major conservation topics such as habitat loss, conflict, and coexistence among the wild and the humans, the effects of trawling on marine fauna and ecosystems and more.
It doesn’t stop there. We collaborated with Cafe Oikos, a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit initiative which organizes talks by a friendly neighbourhood ecologist at a bookstore or café in Bengaluru and have hosted various talks around the city, the field stories from Thar dessert by Madhuri Ramesh, the effects of climate change on coral reefs by Rucha Karkarey and a spider walk with Vena Kapoor.
2019 has been a great year for CC’s social media presence. Social media platforms have helped us in communicating the latest research in conservation to a wider audience effectively. Our Instagram account has gained over 6000 followers.
Communicating efforts in conservation can be tough work. Which is why we set gentle reminders for why we do what we do. Conducting a mural painting workshop on October 16 at SCCS 2019 was one such reminder. Recreating the vivid imagery of how we’ve always visualised nature to be as children, was more fun than we accounted for. Nature was also on our side, with surreal skies, and idyllic trees providing constant inspiration in colour and texture.
On October 17 at SCCS 2019 we worked with illustrators and researchers looking to understand how to communicate research more effectively. Without the right communication, conservation efforts go to waste. Learning to take the jargon out of research, and translating it for a non-science centered audience was the focus of the workshop. We also had a merchandise stall at the conference displaying postcards, magnets, stickers, badges and more with beautiful illustrations from our magazine.
Current Conservation was invited by Balipara Foundation, Assam to conduct a workshop in November with school children from age group 7-10. Manini Bansal, Managing Editor, Current Conservation conducted the workshop with 45 students from 4 different schools. The theme for the workshop was decided to be ‘Giving back to Nature’. We had various activities spun around this theme. Understanding the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable trash was what the workshop started with. A discussion on how we can give back to nature vs always take from it was super engaging as the kids had a lot of inputs to provide. We ended the session with a craft activity of making a trash monster and the children gave attributes to their monsters as well as some really funny names.
As 2020 comes closer, Current Conservation looks to setting benchmarks in conservation writing and illustrations.